Monument record OUL 037 - Prehistoric to Saxon Occupation at Land off Lime Avenue, Oulton

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Bronze Age/Iron Age enclosure system, Roman enclosure, Saxon sunken-featured buildings and Medieval metal working activity.


Grid reference Centred TM 519 940 (256m by 219m)
Map sheet TM59SW


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2014: Geophysical survey identified four possible archaeological anomalies in the west field. In the middle field a curve or an enclosure were identified, the enclosure contains four anomalies possibly indicative of infilled discrete pits. In the same area five anomalies may be pits of archaeological origin. A linear feature is loacted in the north east area of the site which may represent a former field boundary. In the East Field a linear ditch runs NE/SW across the north-eastern section and is close to a second ditch (S4).

2015:Evaluation recorded seventy eight features, the majority were diches, ditch terminals and gullies. Pits were also common and structural remains in the form of post and stakeholes. A possible sunken featured building was also recorded. The earliest features were prehistoric, early Bronze age pottery was present in a pit and late Bronze Age/ early Iron Age pottery occurred within a posthole. Spare struck flint pieces were found in several features. Five features contained Early-Middle Saxon pottery and five features contained 10th-12th century pottery. Many of the Saxon features were pits including a possible hearth and and sunken featured building. The Saxon features were recorded in the southern sector of the site and were located within the semi-circular 'enclosure' identified during the geophysical survey (S1).

2016: Excavation revealed evidence of late Bronze Age/ early Iron Age and early to middle Anglo-Saxon activity.Evidence of Romano-British, middle to late Anglo-Saxon and Saxo-Norman/medieval occupation activity was also encountered. Of particular significance were a late Bronze Age/ early Iron Age enclosure system, a Romano-British enclosure, hearths and a post-built structure, five Anglo-Saxon sunken-featured buildings and five burnt flint pits, also of Anglo-Saxon date. A middle to late Anglo-Saxon enclosure, a post and beam slot structure and a Saxo-Norman/medieval metal working area were also recorded. Notable small finds comprised eight late Anglo-Saxon/Viking Age scale weights with embedded silver coins (S2, S3)

2017: Evaluation adjacent to the early phase of evaluation trenches revealed an undated ditch (S5).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Orzechowski, K., and Thompson, P.. 2015. Archaeological Trial Trench Evaluation, Land off Lime Avenue, Oulton, Suffolk.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Mustchin, A., Walker, J. and Thompson, P.. 2016. An Archaeological Excavation: Research Archive Report, Land Off Lime Avenue, Oulton, Suffolk (Phase 1).
  • <S3> Article in serial: Mustchin, A.. 2016. Two Rural Anglo-Saxon Sites in Suffolk: Archaeological Excavations at Church Road, Snape and Lime Avenue, Oulton.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Egan, S.. 2014. Land off Lime Avenue, Oulton, Suffolk: A Geophysical Survey.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Edwards, N.. 2017. Archaeological Trial Trench Evaluation, New Primary School, The Limes Primary Academy, Oulton, Suffolk.

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Record last edited

Oct 1 2018 10:01AM

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